Modi only interested in waiving loans of rich: Rahul

Angelica Greene
June 9, 2017

Speaking to, P.C. Chacko said, "As long as the farmers are in distress or in any kind of trouble we will stand with the farmers- If that is politics then we are playing it".

He said that the welfare of the farming community and agriculture topped the list of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Centre was willing to extend whatever help was required by the states.

The Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh has been facing a tense situation with farmers protesting over their demands for remunerative prices for their produce and a farm loan waiver not being met. They also demanded farm loan waiver across the country, and urged Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to fulfil his promise of complete loan waiver in the budget session.

The 46-year-old Congress party leader was detained as he crossed into the volatile region in central India by bike, having ditched his auto to avoid detection by local authorities who denied him permission to visit.

Venugopal said the government uncompromisingly upholds the interests of corporate sector and lends a deaf ear to the plight of farmers.

He said Gandhi has been raising his voice inside and outside Parliament against the anti-people and anti-farmer policies of the government. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his government was open to a dialogue to iron out differences and again appealed for peace.

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Senior BJP leader and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu described Rahul's visit to Mandsaur as "another photo opportunity".

Earlier in the day, other Mandsaur-bound Congress leaders Digvijaya Singh, Kamal Nath, Ajay Singh, Arun Yadav and Mohan Prakash and Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal (U) were also stopped from entering MP at Nayagaon.

"The arrest of Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders reveals the political cowardliness of the Modi government", AICC general secretary K C Venugopal said.

Agitating farmers said police fired shots to disperse a rally Tuesday in the Mandsaur district of the state.

The farmers want their loans to be written off and their produce to be bought at a fair price by the government.

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